SVG denies Whincup 100th Supercars win

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen denied team-mate Jamie Whincup a 100th ATCC/Supercars win in a thrilling Race 16 at Ipswich.

On fresher tyres, the Kiwi overtook Craig Lowndes and Whincup in the final four laps to lead home a one-two-three for Triple Eight.

Prodrive duo Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert trailed the trio home in fourth and fifth respectively.

Starting third, Whincup had made the most of a spirited battle between front-row starting Prodrive team-mates Chris Pither and Mostert on the opening lap.


Mostert was elbowed wide by Pither while on the outside of Turn 2, allowing Whincup down the inside at the following corner

The six-time champion then hit the front with a clean inside move at Turn 4, taking control of the race.

Lowndes also made short work of the battling Falcons to latch onto the back of Whincup, stalking his team-mate for the duration.

Lowndes pitted on lap seven to try and undercut Whincup, but found himself again staring at the back of the Red Bull entry when Whincup pitted and rejoined a lap later.

The Caltex backed driver turned up the pressure in the second stint as Whincup tried to save fuel in order to make the flag.

Van Gisbergen had meanwhile run a nine lap longer first stint than Whincup, passing Mostert for third before eventually taking his second set of tyres.

Facing a six second gap to the leaders when he returned to the track, Van Gisbergen charged, eventually taking Lowndes and then Whincup on laps 35 and 37 respectively.

“I was surprised the other guys pitted as early as they did but they were racing each other,” smiled Van Gisbergen after his third win in four races.

“We went for the time trial option and had good tyres at the end. I’m so stoked.”

Whincup was left to lament a lack of speed compared to his two team-mates.

“We put ourselves in the best position but to win races you have to have car pace and we just didn’t have enough today,” he said.

Tim Slade was the last of all to stop on lap 24 and managed to convert ninth on the grid into sixth at the flag.

Will Davison took seventh from Rick Kelly, James Moffat, Fabian Coulthard and pole-sitter Pither.

Coulthard battled for sixth with Michael Caruso in the early going before tipping the Nissan off the track at Turn 5.

The DJR Team Penske driver was subsequently ordered to slow to readdress the indiscretion, dropping to 12th in the process.

Team-mate Scott Pye started from the pitlane in his repaired Ford and eventually came home 21st.

The race was shortened by a lap after an aborted start called after Cameron Waters’ Falcon broke its driveline on the first formation lap.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint Race 16

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 38 45:59.3567
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 38 46:00.1785
3 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 38 46:00.4458
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 38 46:00.6899
5 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 38 46:01.1915
6 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 38 46:06.6239
7 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 38 46:24.7308
8 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 38 46:25.8621
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 38 46:26.6231
10 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 38 46:26.8544
11 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 38 46:27.2780
12 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 38 46:27.5495
13 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 38 46:29.7022
14 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 38 46:31.4370
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 38 46:31.8951
16 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 38 46:32.4118
17 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 38 46:33.0953
18 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 38 46:34.1687
19 LD Motorsport Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 38 46:34.4208
20 LD Motorsport Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 38 46:34.6426
21 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 38 46:38.0045
22 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 38 46:41.7594
23 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 38 46:42.1458
24 Preston Hire Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 38 46:48.3752
25 Erebus Motorsport Hungry Jacks Craig Baird Holden Commodore VF 38 46:51.6776
DNF Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X  4 18:49.0840

Championship Standings

1 Jamie Whincup 1683
2 Shane Van Gisbergen 1642
3 Mark Winterbottom 1590
4 Craig Lowndes 1521
5 Scott McLaughlin 1434
6 Will Davison 1431
7 Tim Slade 1257
8 Michael Caruso 1245
9 James Courtney 1215
10 Chaz Mostert 1157
11 Rick Kelly 1122
12 Garth Tander 1111
13 Todd Kelly 1048
14 Fabian Coulthard 1024
15 Jason Bright  999
16 Scott Pye  964
17 David Reynolds  949
18 Cameron Waters  844
19 James Moffat  810
20 Chris Pither  706
21 Dale Wood  676
22 Tim Blanchard  659
23 Lee Holdsworth  648
24 Nick Percat  639
25 Andre Heimgartner  569
26 Aaren Russell  465
27 Kurt Kostecki   63
28 Craig Baird   30

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